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Dr. Kathryn “Kate” Bonnen is an assistant professor in the Indiana University School of Optometry. She also holds appointments in IU’s Neuroscience and Cognitive Science. She earned her bachelor’s degrees in computer science and psychology at Michigan State University (2011) and received a Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Texas at Austin (2018). After graduate school, Dr. Bonnen worked as an ARVO/VSS fellow at the University of California, Berkeley in the Optometry School. Prior to joining IUSO in 2022, she was a Simons Society Postdoctoral Fellow in Neural Science at New York University.
Dr. Bonnen’s research program focuses on visual perception, sensorimotor processing, and neural computation. This research relies on behavioral measurements (psychophysics, eye tracking, body motion capture) and computational modeling (of behavior, neural processing and the world). She strives to understand the visual system and sensorimotor system in contexts relevant to daily life (e.g., walking, balance, object tracking).
Dr. Bonnen teaches optometry students about visual neuroscience and binocular vision. She also serves as a research mentor for students and post-docs in her lab, accepting students through the PhD programs in vision science, cognitive science, neuroscience, and informatics.